|Moving Time||4 hr 21 min|
|Summit Elevation||14,036 feet|
|Elevation Gain||2,397 feet|
|GPS Analysis||Garmin Connect|
With my successful ascent up this mountain last year with Sydney, I figured it was time to get Reagan into the club. She was hot then cold on the idea. But finally when the day arrived, she was ready to go. Might have helped that I just sprung it on her the night before so there wasn’t days of angst about it. She popped right out of bed and was roaring to go.
Reagan really liked the willow crossing. Being a smaller person, you are just in this maze so its probably pretty cool. We knew the direct way through them this time so we made a quick crossing and didn’t get our shoes too wet this time.
This was the first time Reagan asked me where the top was and how far we had gone. I just told her…you don’t want to know. Just keep moving. I am all about keeping them moving and not letting them stop at all. A nice slow pace is fine. Just keep on moving forward.
Reagan isn’t the best eater and she has massive blood sugar swings. So I tried to get her to eat as we went. I had pseudo healthy snacks but should have just brought some raw sugar for her. I was worried if we could keep her fueled the whole time.
If there was one thing I regretted on Sydney’s first summit, it was the weather. I sort of forced the climb because it was the right day and time to do it. However, it was cloudy. So today, we had some clouds to start but it cleared and it was mostly a clear sky all day. The sun was nice and warm when you were out of the wind so Reagan constantly was stripping and adding layers. It got a bit annoying because I was her pack mule. I was game. I told her I would carry everything but her on her first summit.
We powered up through the gully in pretty good time. This is the crux of the climb for kids. You gain that first ridge and you are home free. But that gully is rather steep and it takes a bit of toughness to climb it at this age.
Let the bonk began. Reagan started feeling tired from the altitude at about 13,500. Dang it. I kept working to feed her more and keep her moving but she was dragging. Somehow we got through it and got her going again.
We kept powering on as I counted it down and promised the fun stuff on the ridge ahead.
This is more fun, I guess. Kind of got Reagan back up on top when she could see for miles in either direction from the top of the ridge. That seemed pretty cool.
There’s the summit in the distance with the people…
Ah, shit. That didn’t last. Bonk. This one was bad. We had gotten above 14,000 feet and you can see the summit at about the same elevation. Its a nice walk over. She said she was done. I came up with something nice and talked her back to her feet to make the final push to the summit.
I made a snowball and threw it at her. Told her to make a snow angel. Trying everything. Must make it to the finish.
Summit! Smile…oh, she’s dead. She was tired and didn’t even celebrate. Kind of just wanted to rest.
Nap time! I said they could do whatever on top.
She’s up! Time to celebrate the summit.
Back to another nap. Actually, we all got down low as the wind picked up. It was nice and warm in the little rock bunker out of the wind.
Time to head down!
Let me lead! Reagan wanted to lead down. But she didn’t have a good time back through the gully. Tears. She felt uncomfortable sliding down the scree fields. Its like the best part. She didn’t like the slipping and couldn’t get used to just letting it go.
She told me she didn’t want to see another rock again for a week.
Almost back down. Some willows and a little creek crossing to go.
I asked for their best tired faces. They earned them. This is a short 14er but its steep as they come in sections. Proud of both of them for getting up and down the mountain under their own power with minimal input from me. We already have started talking about future mountain excursions.